Friends of Yunusa, the 18-year-old man that whisked 14-year-old Ese Oruru away to Kano from Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, have appealed to the Federal Government to forgive their workmate.
Yunusaâ€™s friends, who were seen around the stall on Michael Street, Opolu, where they usually gather before and after everydayâ€™s work, described the action of the Kano-born commercial tricycle operator as condemnable.
One of Yunusaâ€™s close friends, Ibrahim Mohammed, who said he was not aware that his friend had planned to elope with Ese, urged government to consider Yunusaâ€™s age (18), warn him and allow him to go.
Mohammed explained that all of them, together with Yunusa, usually bought food from Eseâ€™s mother and had noticed that his friend and Ese were in good terms.
â€œWe always buy food from Eseâ€™s mother and I know that Yunusa and Ese are friends, but I never knew that Yunusa was planning to take her to Kano.
â€œEverybody has said that what Yunusa did was bad. But government should forgive him. He is just an 18-year-old boy, who did not know how serious the offence is. Please, government should consider his age and forgive him,â€ Mohammed pleaded. Proceed...
Similarly, Sani Adamu, who told Saturday Punch that he had once worked with Yunusa as a loader, described his friend as an easy-going fellow, adding that nobody would have agreed that he (Yunusa) could kidnap a girl and take her to Kano.
Adamu added that since Yunusa must have learnt a lesson from the entire saga, the best option was for the government and Eseâ€™s parents to pardon him.
â€œYunusa did a bad thing because a good person will not carry this girl to Kano without telling her parents. If you want to marry a woman, the first thing you do is to inform the parents. I know Yinusa; we work together as loaders.
â€œWe also ride on the road (operate commercial tricycle) and do other small jobs (menial). Yunusa has been here in Yenagoa for six years. He is 18 years old. I appeal to government to forget this matter and forgive Yunusa, my friend. We are both from Kano, but we are not from the same village,â€ he said.
Another close ally to Yunusa, Mohammed Zakari, told our correspondent that he would not have committed the same crime like his friend because he already had a wife.